Discover Benelux, Issue 41, May 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Education  |  Top Schools Guide


St George’s International School in Luxembourg provides a world-class English language education to children aged three to 18. With 750 students representing over 50 nationalities, St George’s International School in Luxembourg provides each child with the tools to achieve their full potential in a welcoming and vibrant international community. St George’s primary school students follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), a comprehensive, creative curriculum, adapted to Luxembourg. “For example, we explore Luxembourg and its local regions in our history and geography classes,” explains Dr. Christian Barkei, the school’s principal. Secondary students are offered a wide variety of stimulating subjects at IGCSE and A level. “Our curriculum lets students choose areas they are most passionate about and in which they can excel. We carefully help students tailor their university

applications to suit their abilities and interests – but we also want students to be ambitious. Many of our students have been accepted to some of the top-ranking universities in the UK, Europe and Asia,” Dr. Barkei states. In addition, the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, is engaged with the local community, and actively encourage students to pursue their interests, join national sports clubs and participate in international competitions. “St George’s rich diversity provides a unique and exciting learning environment for every child. We nurture strong values in our students, based on mutual understanding, col-

laboration and respect – and these values are emphasised throughout our lessons,” Dr. Barkei concludes.


Brussels International Catholic School (BICS) is an international school with a difference: it offers a wholly bilingual English and French curriculum for pupils aged two and a half to 18. Headmaster Canon William Hudson believes BICS stands out thanks to its duallanguage education, Christian values and caring environment. Children are encouraged to fulfil their unique potential to a maximum. Pupils typically focus on reading and writing in French in the last year of the Pre-Primary section (ages five to six), whilst continuing with spoken English. Those who complete the primary school will be bilingual by the end of the sixth year. Teaching is split equally between English and French, allowing for immersion in both languages. Specialist teachers support children with limited English or French. In September 2017, BICS will open a new primary school building, allowing it to accept an additional 100 pupils. 58  |  Issue 41  |  May 2017

The secondary school offers the International GCSE and A-level curriculum. BICS is recognised as a test centre of the University of Cambridge International Examinations, and a full member of the European Council of International Schools. Classes average a maximum of 25 students, but are usually smaller, particularly at secondary level with around five to 15 pupils per class at A level. A wide range of courses are available, including modern languages, science, humanities and classics. BICS’s fees are competitive, ranging from 7,000 euros to 10,000 euros per year. The

school has a ‘garderie’ service to assist working parents, and is conveniently located near the European institutions. It has an extensive range of extracurricular activities: sports, music, cultural interests and academic subjects.